And…we’re back. I apologize for the longer than usual break in proceedings, but this is just to let you know that New England Travels will return next Tuesday, January 22nd. We’ll start with a visit to the Luddy/Taylor Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum in Windsor, Connecticut to explore the history of broadleaf and shade tobacco agriculture in the Connecticut River Valley of Connecticut and western Massachusetts.
Photo Luddy/Taylor Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum
We’re tying in with my post that coming Thursday the 24th on my Another Old Movie Blog about the film “Parrish” (1961), which was filmed on location in Connecticut and offers us a lush look with a soap opera-type story about tobacco growing in this area. Starring Troy Donahue in a stunning array of red sweaters and windbreakers, he is ably supported by Connie Stevens leading the bevy of females chasing him, along with Claudette Colbert as his mom, and Karl Malden as the boss/stepfather from hell. This movie, and the novel by Mildred Savage on which it was based, are probably the most famous depictions in popular culture of commercial tobacco growing in the Connecticut River Valley. I hope you can join us on both blogs next week.
Classic Films and the American Conscience, my eBook collection of essays from Another Old Movie Blog is now also available from Barnes&Noble.com for your Nook, and continues to be sold on Amazon.